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University of Leeds

Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Why join the course?

Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. And, discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Explore how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

If you intend to complete the Discovering Science collection of online courses, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course, however, this course can still be studied independently.


  • Climate and pollution
    • Welcome
    • Historical perspectives
    • Science in action
    • Future perspectives
    • Revision
    • Summary
  • Planetary atmospheres
    • About Week 2
    • Historical perspectives
    • Science in action
    • Future perspectives
    • Revision
    • Summary

Taught by

Paul Taylor


4.6 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 12 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    This course very fun, interesting and engaging, there were plenty of optional materials that you can use to explore the topics further. The first week on climate and pollution furthered my already existing interest in climate change and air quality while the second week on planetary atmosphere was a nice into to a topic i previously didn't know much about. Overall, I highly recommend this course!
  • Weng Yuen Leong
    This is an intriguing course on a subject largely unknown to many - the atmosphere of Earth and the atmospheres of other planets. It's best to have a fundamental knowledge of chemistry to be able to appreciate the content, as well as deal with the q…
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    Julieta Villanueva
    This course unwind and enrich my basic knowledge about atmospheric chemistry. As Atmospheric chemistry plays an important role in controlling climate change for example, aerosol particles impact climate through direct radiative forcing, by indirectly modifying clouds, and by modifying carbon uptake, it perhaps lead me to understand the value of it. This course educate me how atmospheric things are going on.

  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed taking this course. I liked how I can do as much as I wanted to. Learned a lot. Thank you so much!!! I very much appreciate all of you.
  • Sameera Samreen Hashmi
    Atmospheric chemistry is an informative course and it is useful to those interested in weather n space information

    I am glad that I done the course
  • Anonymous
    I think the part about climate change and the earth's atmosphere the most interesting. I learned a lot of new things. For instance about the radical OH-
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    Pavun Ambal
    It is good to extend your knowledge. It gives u better future in the field u choose. I chose atmospheric chemistry and it is useful for me.

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